Back when I was a drunk, everything was always someone else’s fault. Eventually, I discovered, with Jimmy Buffett, that it was “my own damn fault.” Once I accepted that, I could get sober and build something out of the ruins. I no longer had to be destructive…. Denial of responsibility, the flip side of … Continue reading Reducing White Supremacy
This is for those who don’t yet understand, not for those who have lived it. Casual employees have never been treated well. They come and go with a shrug on the parts of institutional executives. Organizations know that they need a certain number of permanent employees they treat well in order to maintain the cohesion … Continue reading Casualization: A Primer
The outrages foisted on the United States by a belligerent minority defy belief. Nothing we've experienced prepared us for what is happening now. Though the above was said, pre-Trump, by the right, it is we in the real, inclusive majority (a majority that, unfortunately, doesn't cohere as Trump's new Republicans do) who are facing the … Continue reading Overcoming the Travesty of Belief
BY AARON BARLOW Dr. Bruce Gilley, are you trying to pick a fight? You are a professor of Political Science at Portland State University and have penned a disturbing piece, “Was It Good Fortune to b… Source: If It Looks Like Scholarship…
A look at Lewis Raven Wallace’s The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity. The movement away from journalistic reliance on “objectivity” (I use the quotes for a reason—you will see why below) has come a long way since my first involvement with the issue while writing The Rise of the Blogosphere in … Continue reading And What a View It Is!
I've collected quite a number of my blog posts on higher education into a single volume. It can be purchased through Amazon.com either as a paperback or for Kindle. Get if from CUNY Academic Works or it can be downloaded from Academia.edu. It is free in both cases, and free to distribute. Why get this … Continue reading Presence: Hope and 21st Century American Academia
In 1939, when Mel Brooks was twelve or thirteen in Brooklyn and Gene Wilder was six or seven out in Milwaukee, they probably saw John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln starring Henry Fonda. They were both that kind of boy. Though sparked by the early life of our sixteenth president, the movie was a fanciful tale; … Continue reading The Monster and the Comics: Frankenstein, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder and America Popular Culture
The photograph I chose to accompany this post makes my blood boil. It's a decade older than I am, yet I can see today that the antisemitism spawning the horror shown has not abated. What angers me almost as much as the disgusting event itself (and its modern inheritance) is that I had long believed … Continue reading The Learning Curve… Flatlines?
One of the my favorite poems was inspired by Key West, Florida. It is Wallace Stevens' "The Idea of Order at Key West." It starts: She sang beyond the genius of the sea. The water never formed to mind or voice, Like a body wholly body, flutteringIts empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion Made constant cry, caused … Continue reading “Of ourselves and of our origins”: Hemingway and Williams in Key West
Christmas of 1965, while Americans back home were beginning to learn where Saigon was, the Barlow family was preparing to leave Bangkok for a few days in Cambodia, the country separating Thailand from Vietnam where peace was becoming rare. We had come to Southeast Asia six months earlier, to a part of the world we … Continue reading Angkor Before the Khmer Rouge: A Snapshot Essay